Welcome and News

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School Closure
 
Dear Squirrels and Parents, 
 
There should be plenty of resources, activities and ideas on the Squirrels pages to keep you occupied during school closure. Please see below a page of writing and maths ideas. Try keeping a diary or scrapbook of all the exciting things you get up to during this time, ready to share with us once we are back at school. Please do plenty of reading and talk about the things you read. Don't forget to look at all of the pages associated with the Squirrels page.  
 
I have set extra activities on DoodleMaths, DoodleEnglish and DoodleSpell and will continue to update these in the coming weeks.
 
For Year 2, here is a link to past SATs papers: https://www.satspapers.org.uk/Page.aspx?TId=4#KS1_MATHS  Practise the maths and reading papers but please do a few questions a day, rather than completing a whole test in one sitting. Remember SATs means desert island maths, so you will need to draw resources to help you! 
 
There are plenty of interesting and thought provoking educational activities, quizzes and videos available on the following websites. (Please note these websites have been recommended by other educators, but adults may wish to view videos etc. first):
National Geographic Kids: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
The Kids Should See This: https://thekidshouldseethis.com
 
Lastly, Twinkl is an educational resource site that has a huge range of resources. This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures. https://www.twinkl.co.uk
 
Remember that not all home learning needs to be focussed on writing and maths all of the time. You could enjoy copying the styles of some different artists or cook a meal from scratch! Spend plenty of time outside in the garden exploring Spring or learn a new skill. Perhaps you could write a letter and draw a picture to send to a local nursing home or someone in the community who is staying home and might be feeling a little lonely? 
 
 
Introducing the Magical Animal Assistance Team
 
The Woodland Rangers have officially agreed on a sub team name that demonstrates their experience in helping all kinds of magical creatures. They explored moral issues such as: should a thriving group of trolls that are killing the village goats be removed or reduced from a village? Also, should a herd of unicorns be removed from their meadow to make way for a hotel for visitors who are coming specially to see the unicorns?
 
The team watched as a lady began writing them a letter. The sign on the wall behind her said 'The Ruling Council of Caspian', which we understand to be a magical land somewhere. Her letter said "I am writing to you because the dragons are..." but she wrote no more. The team explored a map of Caspian and realised it's landscape with mountains, swamps and meadows would be well suited as a dragon habitat. They are awaiting further instruction from the council in how they may be able to help... 
 
World Book Day
 
The children had a fantastic time on Thursday celebrating World Book Day. They decorated t-shirts with their favourite characters, did some artwork in the style of Oliver Jeffers, made story maps for the Gruffalo, Elmer and Lost and Found, and retold fairy tales and explored the goodies and the baddies. The school continues to try and read a million stories, so keep tracking all the stories you read on your chart!
 
Magical Animal Assistance 
 
Hello and welcome back to Spring term 2. I hope you all had a great half term. Our new term's learning began with an exciting development: mysterious footprints in our classroom! The Woodland Rangers quickly began identifying the footprint using information sheets. At first they were convinced they were dinosaur footprints, but they soon realised there were 4 claws on each print and dinosaurs only have 3. They came to the realisation it could be a dragon, or a creature that is currently unknown to us. 
 
Together, the team looked at a variety of different magical creatures and beasts. We decided to create our own representation of the creature, drawing the outline together then adding detail with different materials. We realised the silver splodges on the feet could be blood, as some magical creatures such as unicorns have silver blood, so we knew we needed to help this creature. 
 
Mercy agreed to represent the creature and Millie approached her carefully to help. The team were all aware that animals can behave or react differently when they are hurt. Millie bandaged the injured creature's tail and gave it food and water. Henry H is well trained in animal tracking and realised the creature's mother was not too far north. The team helped the creature follow it's mother's footprints and we all agreed it was a job well done. Another day in the life of the Woodland Rangers.
 
The Rangers have since created profiles of other magical creatures that they have helped and have classified them according to their diet, habitat, whether they are herbivores, carnivores or omnivores and if they are mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish or birds.